Several years ago a talk was posted on the TED.com website that had me laughing and saying, "yes, we should do that!" This week I was reminded of this talk with my Aunt as she posted on a family blog a chat with her daughter and granddaughter concerning children playing with fire. Gever Tulley was the speaker and the talk was titled: 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do. Yep. Dat's wat eet iz! Playin' wit fiyaaa!
The most important message that Tulley suggests in addition to remembering the art of discover, is the reality that parents could be passing this work on to their children, do so with safety and supervision, have fun, and create shared meaningfulness between the scientific dissectors. His best piece of advice if someone does accidentally sustain an injury: "Don't worry. They are young. They will heal fast."
Several years have passed since my initial viewing of the videocast, there is now a website and a book, both titled Fifty Dangerous Things.
Enjoy the information and get dissecting!